Provincial Immigration via Provincial Nominee Program

Canada is a federation of 10 provinces and 3 territories. The federal and provincial governments share jurisdiction over immigration to assist provinces in filling the gaps in their economies and helping them cover labour shortages. Immigration with the support of the Canadian province is a good alternative for those who do not get enough points in Express Entry because of age or lack of language skills.

Provincial Immigration via Provincial Nominee ProgramAll provinces except Quebec (which has its own independent immigration policy) and Nunavut (which doesn’t have its provincial immigration program) have their own immigration programs with multiple immigration streams within them. All provincial programs are united under the Provincial Nominee Program.

As of 2024, there are 90+ immigration streams in all provincial programs. Provincial immigration always consists of the provincial stage and the federal stage. During the provincial stage of your application, you apply for the province’s support. If selected by the province, you receive a Certificate of the Provincial Nomination. Being a provincial nominee significantly increases your chances of obtaining permanent residence in Canada.

Depending on your specific case, we will select the province where your chances of being selected will be the highest. Provinces usually select candidates based on their ties with the specific province (higher education or past/current employment in the province) or their main occupation (if there is a shortage in this occupation in the provincial labour market).

The provincial immigration path has the following stages:

Stage 1: Preparing your initial document package

You will receive instruction regarding the language tests and obtaining your Education Credential Assessment (ECA) during this stage. These documents are required to register you in the Express Entry system. We will also provide the full list of documents we will need to process your application. In some cases, we might need additional documents from the specific province.

Stage 2: The Expression of Interest to the Province and/or Express Entry Profile Creation

Some provinces have their own provincial Expression of Interest (EOI) systems, while others select candidates directly from the Express Entry pool. We will create your EOI for the respective province, depending on the case. We will also need you to provide us with your language tests and Education Credential Assessment certificate to register you in the Express Entry system. We claim all the factors for which we want you to get points in the system and list all your personal information.

Stage 3: Invitation to Apply for the Provincial Nomination

Once your EOI/Express Entry profile is created, the provincial government knows you are willing to immigrate to that province. For the provinces whose programs are linked to Express Entry, we indicate your interest in settling in the specific province within your Express Entry profile. In the first case, the province may invite you through the provincial EOI system. In the second case, you will get a Notification of Interest from the province in your Express Entry profile.

Stage 4: Application for the Provincial Nomination

After the province invites us, we will submit your full application for a provincial nomination, supported by the proper documents. Some provinces may require the payment of the processing fee.

Stage 5: Certificate of Nomination

When your application for a provincial nomination is approved, you will receive a Certificate of Nomination from the respective province. We will file your application to the federal government depending on the provincial program.

Stage 6: Federal Stage

The province’s nomination enables us to submit your application for permanent residency to the Federal government. Depending on the stream and program, the federal stage can be via the PR or Express Entry portal. If the provincial stream through which you were nominated is linked to Express Entry, your nomination will be added to your profile. The nomination will add 600 points to your profile, which almost guarantees you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Express Entry in the next round.

Stage 7: Becoming a Permanent Resident

This stage is the longest in the whole process. The Federal government will check your application for completeness and assess that you satisfy all the requirements of the immigration program. During this stage, you must pass the medical exam and background check. The background check consists of criminality and security assessments. Sometimes, the IRCC may request additional documents to make a final decision. Once all checks are cleared, you will receive a Ready for Visa email requesting you to send your passports or passport copies to the Visa office. 3-4 weeks after, you will get a Confirmation of the Permanent Residency. With this document, you can come to Canada and do the landing. After landing, you will officially be a Permanent Resident of Canada.

Canadian Provincial Immigration Programs

Immigration to Ontario

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)  

Immigration to British Columbia

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Immigration to Alberta

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)  

Immigration to Manitoba

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Immigration to Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Immigration to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)      

Immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)  

Immigration to Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP)

Immigration to New Brunswick

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
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